Utah's Jordan Clarkson wins Kia Sixth Man of the Year Award

Utah's Jordan Clarkson wins Kia Sixth Man of the Year Award

The NBA announced that Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz has won the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award. Here is the league's full press release on Clarkson being named Sixth Man:

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson has won the 2020-21 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award for his contributions in a reserve role, the NBA announced today.  This is the first Sixth Man honor for Clarkson, who becomes the first player to win the annual award with the Jazz.

Clarkson received 65 first-place votes and earned 407 total points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.  Utah forward Joe Ingles finished in second place with 272 points (34 first-place votes), making this the first time that teammates hold the top two spots in voting for the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award.  New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose finished in third place with 77 points (one first-place vote).

Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.  To be eligible for the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award, players had to have come off the bench in more games than they started.

Clarkson averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.7 minutes in 68 games (one start).  His scoring average of 18.3 points as a reserve was the highest in the NBA.  Clarkson made a career-high 208 three-pointers overall (seventh in the NBA among all players) and a league-high 203 as a reserve.  The 203 three-pointers are the fourth-highest single-season total off the bench in NBA history.  He also ranked ninth in the NBA in free throw percentage this season (89.6).

Playing his first full season with Utah and seventh in the NBA, Clarkson recorded two games with at least 40 points, five games with at least 30 points and 23 games with at least 20 points off the bench.  He scored 40 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 15 and 41 points against the Golden State Warriors on May 10, giving him two of the five 40-point games off the bench in Jazz history.

Clarkson joined Ingles in helping Utah finish with an NBA-best 52-20 record and the fifth-highest single-season winning percentage in franchise history (.722).  The Jazz earned the top seed in the Western Conference for the 2021 NBA Playoffs.

Clarkson, 28, was acquired by Utah in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 24, 2019.  He re-signed with the Jazz on Nov. 23, 2020.  Clarkson, the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has career averages of 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 521 games.  He played with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cavaliers before joining the Jazz."

The Jazz opened up the NBA playoffs with the No. 1 overall seed, but without Donovan Mitchell (ankle) in the lineup the team struggled to put points on the board in their Game 1 loss to the 8th seeded Memphis Grizzlies last night. Utah will hope to ride off this momentum of Clarkson being named Sixth Man of the Year as they look to even the series at 1-1 come Wednesday night. 

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